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Home advantage for Pedrosa

Home advantage for Pedrosa

Home advantage for Pedrosa

Local favourite Dani Pedrosa and Italian veteran Lucio Ceccinello, almost double the Spaniard´s age, are tied on 91 points at the top of the 125cc World Championship after taking first and second place at Mugello on Sunday. Although races in the most unpredictable Grand Prix class are never straightforward, the pair look set for an intriguing head to head this weekend, with Pedrosa having taken second place here one year ago and Cecchinello taking victory in 2001.

A host of rivals, young and old, will be looking to stop the pair however, not least Australian teenager Casey Stoner. The 17 year old was wiped out of the lead group on the final lap at Mugello after setting pole position and he will be desperate to exact his revenge on Sunday. This is one of the few circuits Stoner has previous experience on a 125 machine, having raced here in the Spanish Championship before moving straight into 250cc Grand Prix last year.

The man who ended Stoner´s race in Italy, German Steve Jenkner, also has a point to prove after surrendering the championship lead to Pedrosa and Cecchinello with two disappointing performances – eighth place in France followed by that last lap disaster in Italy.

125cc, 2003, Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya, Dani Pedrosa

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